at Big Basin and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks

Become a Member

Become a member of Mountain Parks Foundation and join us in investing in the future of our parks.

Our Work

We partner with the community to invest in educational experiences that inspire protection of the redwoods state parks in our area. We also help support the maintenance of 150 miles of park trails and the stewarding of more than 23,000 acres of forest.


Nature Museums & Visitor Centers

Natural & Cultural History Events

Professional Interpretive Staff

Trail Signs, Information Panels, Books, Guides, Maps & Printed Park Materials


Looking for something to do that's fun, exciting and educational? Almost every week, there's something spectacular awaiting you and your family.

What's New

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About MPF

We support nature education and enrichment programs at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks because an informed public will ensure the preservation of your redwoods state parks.

Plan Your Park Visit

Big Basin, Henry Cowell and Fall Creek are where you can go to explore, exercise and discover all the natural wonders on display every day of the year.

Big Basin

Established in 1902, Big Basin is the oldest state park, and the birth place of the conservation movement.


Explore the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, including old-growth specimens dating back to the Roman Empire. The park also offers mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean, waterfalls, and inspiring natural and cultural history.  The park has more than 80 miles of trails.


Follow the link below to discover activites like hiking and camping, read up on Big Basin's rich history, meet the state park staff, and explore the Nature Lodge Museum where you can learn so much about this internationally known treasure.

Henry Cowell

Visit this famous 40-acre grove with the most majestic old-growth redwood trees admired by explorer John C. Frémont and President Theodore Roosevelt. The tallest tree in the park is approximately 277 feet tall.


There are four diverse habitats that this park including the Santa Cruz sandhills—an ancient sea bed and home to several endemic species.  Keep a look out for banana slugs, black-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, or steelhead trout.


There's hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, and camping on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land. Check out all this amazing park has to offer.

Buy a Map

Shop for a variety of different maps, and map sets, from our Nature Store online. You can also purchase these maps in person at our Nature Store in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Support the Next Generation of Redwoods State Park Stewards

We are all facing our greatest environmental challenge ever.  You can help educate our young people about their role in the critical balance of nature. The educational programs your gift supports will teach them to preserve what’s right in their own back yards.

The Nature Store at Henry Cowell

Here you will find a wide array of interesting and educational gifts from local artisans including artistic prints, note cards, journals, jewelry, walking sticks and useful items made from redwood. While you’re here, you can also enjoy a variety of refreshments and snacks like fresh brewed coffee from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting and Marianne’s Ice Cream. Every dollar you spend in the Store helps make your parks something special. Open everyday 10am to 5pm (we close at 4pm in the winter season.) Please call us at (831) 335-0782 for more information.



In the News: Big Basin Nature Museum & Research Center

Featuring the Campaign to Raise $1.4MM to Renovate This Treasure

Check out this KSBW clip featuring  the Big Basin Museum and Research Center and the current renovation campaign designed to make this overlooked gem into a state-of-the-art facility designed to teach the next generation of redwood state park stewards to care for everything presious in your park. This segment features our very own Brenda Holmes and board member, Larry Tierney, as they discuss plans for this exciting project.

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